Date Joined: 05/14/06
Pros: Thinkpad quality
Overall Review: I bought this to replace my Ideapad Y550 from years ago. Lenovo & Thinkpad are names I associate with quality, and while the Edge series doesn't rank with the upper quality brands, it's about the best I found in my research for my budget.
So, the keyboard is absolutely wonderful. Feels solid, responsive, comfortable. I'm glad Thinkpad hasn't done away with the trackpoint mouse. There are complaints about the fact that the function keys [F2 - F12] require use of the function button, but it's simple enough to hit Fn+Esc and let the function keys resume their standard role. The trackpad, however, lacks quite a bit. The idea is nice but was executed awfully; clicking down actually depresses the entire pad, which often results in the cursor shifting away from what you actually try to click on. If you're like me and are used to simply *tapping* lightly on the trackpad to click (Or setting it up with a mouse) there shouldn't be any problem. Single finger tap to click, two finger tap to double click. The webcam is pretty awful, but eh..
I replaced the hard drive with a larger one when I received it with Win7 Ultimate - no problems. The drivers from Lenovo's website (Which can be downloaded in bulk thankfully) all installed and have been working well. I did have an extra 4gb of DDR3 Ram which I installed, but after multiple issues, have left it at the stock 4gb that it came with... But the machine runs quite well. Handles some CPU heavy audio production software, video editing software, and games do well too. I'd happily recommend this laptop to anybody looking for a nice one within the price range.
Pros: Very very sleek, great looking. Not a fingerprint magnet.
Spacious keyboard, not cramped due to no numpad.
Runs fast...and also runs XP!
Dedicated volume buttons?
Screen looks really nice.
Plenty of ram and a fast processor.
Not heavy. Really good looking machine.
Speakers sound great for a laptop. Very clear and loud.
Cons: Like others noted.. the Fn and Ctrl key are switched! I'm getting used to it.. it's just weird. Also the touchpad is pretty sensitive - if you've installed the lenovo drivers for the touchpad if another finger lays at all on the touchpad it will, rather than move the mouse, do the "pinch" type thing where it zooms in and out. This is easily solved by just using factory drivers though.
There's only two USB slots :/ Easy remedy for this too, but still... why only two?
Overall Review: Well, I did tons of research and wanted a laptop in the $800 range. I absolutely LOVE this machine! I did a fresh install of Vista 64-bit when I first got it, installed all the drivers, and realized I didn't want to bother with Vista after a few days of fooling with it. Lucky for me and those out there who don't wanna deal with the changes, the rollback to XP was extremely easy. Lenovo provides all the XP drivers on the website, too. The slidebar is neat. One of the selling points of this laptop for me was the fact that there were XP drivers available and that there's no numpad. I see too many 15.6" laptops where a numpad squishes the rest of the keyboard. The keyboard here is full and spacious and the arrow keys aren't small. I really can't say enough good about this laptop. For the price, absolutely great. Everything on it works flawlessly in XP and it's just a great feeling machine.
Pros: Great, works great for price...fast, easy, runs quiet and smooth.
Overall Review: Just stick it in and partition it and you're ready to go. I used mine to create a small partition around 10gb to install windows on and the rest for my files for transferring from another HDD and it worked perfect.
Pros: Stuck it in, turned on PC, installed the drivers in 30 seconds, and works like a charm. Sound quality is great, especially for the price.
Overall Review: Get it if you need a new sound card. Works great.
Pros: Great card, great price, comes with cable and software.
Overall Review: Easy to get the card into the computer, then as soon as I turned the PC back on it was already installed. I used the firewire cord provided to plug into my Panasonic PV-GS19 camcorder, and it recognized it and installed the camera in 10 seconds. The software isn't all that great, I have other video software that imports the DV video but for the price the card + cord is great.
Pros: Looks nice, fits snug
Cons: Overpriced and no screen protector.
Overall Review: Get a Noreve case for the x5. Opens like those ipod wallets, has a screen proctector too (good vor watching videos). Same price.